The first time that Charlene Lane sat atop a cutting horse, she was hooked!
Today, the Lancaster, CA resident finds herself making big strides in the cutting pen after a successful show career in the Trail arena for years prior, and she’s certainly enjoying the change of pace!
As a little girl, Lane always wanted a horse, so when she saved enough money from selling her 4H project lambs and steers, her parents helped her buy her first horse. “From that moment on, horses have been a huge part of my life”, she shares.
A horse owner for 45 years, Lane has been showing for about 35 of those and focuses on NCHA Cutting competitions today. But that wasn’t where the horsewoman began to see her show ring success, dating back to the 80’s. In 1988, Lane won the AQHA Senior Trail on Mabels Easy Money and went to do big things in the Trail world years later. In 2010 she piloted Suddenly A Good Bar to an AQHA Select World win in Amateur Trail and in 2012 was the AQHA World Champion Hight Point in Amateur Trail.
Today, however, Lane finds herself in a very different discipline, one which she enjoys alongside her husband, George. Making the switch in 2012, Lane says she’d always attend her husband’s cutting lessons, where he’d encourage her to take one as well. “I thought, ‘no way’, and kept putting it off”, she recalls, “Finally one day I gave in and worked a flag and I loved it!” And the switch from Trail has been something the Lane says she’s really enjoyed. “Getting into cutting had always been in the back of my mind…turns out, I really enjoyed it!”, she shares. Lane trains with Russ Westfall of Weatherford, TX.
The horsewoman shows two horses currently in the 5/6-year-old Amateur classes, Bobs Smart Badger, who she says is big hearted with a huge stop, as well as CR Tuff Mudder. She adds that another show pen partner that she’s enjoyed is Harry Trotter, who is always honest in the show pen. This season, Lane and her equine counterparts have been successful in making finals of different events, as well as top 5 finishes. Additionally, she made the U.S Team as part of the USA vs. Aussie Challenge in Tatura, VIC. “Cutting is always exciting!”, she says.
When asked what she most enjoys about showing and her horses in general, Lane shares two simple things: the feeling of accomplishment after getting a good cut in the show pen and the friends she’s made along the way. Her future goals for her and her horses aren’t of the nature of trophies or big wins, but rather just to be able to continue to show and be aware of the herd; spotting good cattle, making clean cuts, and managing her time in the pen during her goes.
Outside of showing horses, Lane enjoys her family: her husband, their son Justin, his wife Jessica, and grandson Bronson. She enjoys gardening and travelling to far away places on farm tours. Another hobby of Lane’s is that she, George, and Justin have been driving horses hitched to the Wells Fargo Stagecoach for over 30 years. In addition to her hobbies, Lane is part of the family businesses doing commercial building management and development, in addition to ranching.
Charlene Lane may not have started out her horse show career in the cutting pen, but she has high hopes for the future and the horses she’s showing. And one thing’s for sure: she’ll make memories to last a lifetime and have a blast along the way!